Government & Politics


Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
John Farley  |  April 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Christie's overall rating remains positive among New Jersey residents, but he's lost five points since February despite a significant rise in approval from public worker households.VIDEO
Protesters warmed up their voices outside the Bronx Supreme Courthouse at 1118 Grand Concourse on Monday. The group, O4O, was attempting to shut down a foreclosure auction before 14 people were arrested. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley with additional reporting by Nat Rudarakanchana for The New York World  |  April 17, 2012 12:09 PM | 1 Comment
Most of the 100,000 pending foreclosures in New York State will eventually end up at an auction. A group of activists are trying to halt some of these auctions through song.VIDEO
This is a screenshot of OpenPlans' Shareabouts app. The software is in development, but will add users to add content to a map of New York City.
John Farley  |  April 16, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
While the city is in the process of making its data transparent, the work of one nonprofit illuminates what the future of urban systems might look like.VIDEO
Connie Chung spoke at the 10th Annual Ippies Awards on Thursday evening. The event, hosted by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, honors the best reporting by community and ethnic media in the city. Image courtesy of Ippies
John Farley  |  April 13, 2012 9:15 PM | Comments
Local and ethnic media reporters and organizations that serve non-English speakers and explore issues often untouched by mainstream news had their night out.VIDEO
Photo courtesy of Sims Recycling Solutions
Georgia Kral  |  April 13, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Manufacturers in New York must provide convenient and free electronics recycling. The city is playing a role, too. VIDEO
In this April 3, 2004 file photo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg performs a comedy routine with the cast of the Broadway musical "Chicago" during the Inner Circle dinner in New York. New Yorkers are fascinated by the mayor's fortune and the lifestyle that comes with it. His wealth has helped raise Bloomberg's national profile, fed speculation that he would make a self-funded run for the presidency, and provided evidence to voters of the business acumen that was a major rationale for his candidacies. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel, File)
Greg David  |  April 13, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
For three decades, NYC mayors sought ways to help business thrive. Columnist and author Greg David sees a major shift in the current mayoral candidates' approach.
ric Weltman of Food and Water Watch speaks during a "New Yorkers Against Fracking" news conference in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, March 26, 2012. Dozens of grassroots environmental groups and several national organizations are joining forces to launch a coordinated campaign to ban natural gas development in New York state using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. AP/Mike Groll
John Farley  |  April 11, 2012 4:00 AM | 5 Comments
A coalition of activists are demanding New York State keep its promise to study the impact of fracking on human health. What have other health studies revealed?
An abandoned nursing home rots at 2300 Cropsey Ave. in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The organization Picture the Homeless advocates for abandoned properties to be rehabbed and used to house the city's homeless population, but due to a New York Post article, the group's funding is now in question. FlickrJMazzolaa/
John Farley  |  April 5, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
A New York Post article resulted in City Council putting a hold on Picture the Homeless' funding. Did a member of the group teach people how to squat vacant buildings?VIDEO
Two women sit on a jetty near Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.. The casino-resort opened April 2, and New Jersey officials hope it will help Atlantic City compete with gambling industries in neighboring states. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
With an ambitious new resort in Atlantic City, struggling Indian casinos in New York and Connecticut, and a deal to bring table games to Queens, big wins and losses loom.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Even though private contracts can invite corruption, whistleblowers are unprotected.
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